The Steam Deck Anti-cheat Problem

Could this be the biggest downfall?

The Steam Deck has come out to a huge success with those who were able to get their hands on the machine very happy with how it has turned out. Something however that has bothered a lot of people with regards to the compatibility of their Steam library, a lot of multiplayer focused games are unable to be run.

It’s a strange thing to note but most of these games such as Halo Infinite, Destiny 2 and even Fortnite are unable to be played for their online modes and while some of them are able to be played offline with a huge bunch of features not available many of them simply will not start due to not being able to connect to online servers. The companies that create these games have all stated the same thing; that their anti-cheat will not work on the Steam Deck and as such they cannot run their games online through these devices.

Many have spculated this is due to the fact that the Steam Deck is run an a Linux operating system and as such is far more customisable and capable of change depending on the user’s needs. This means that those who employ malicious software may more easily be able to work around such anti-cheat methods while some systems may not even function at all due to not running on a Windows operating system. It’s a shame as this could very well be the big thing that brings the Steam Deck down as many of these games are some of the most popular on the market and as such not being able to play them online would make people question the point of even playing on the system.

We will have to see if things change through software updates or even if the next model will fix this issue. I personally hope it will get fixed as I think the Steam Deck is a great idea and I don’t want something as minor as this to bring down the viability of the system. We can only wait and hope from here on out. That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.

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